Lehigh Valley won behind Anthony Vasquez’ quality effort and reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to six.
Reading lost again. They have lost six of their last seven games. Good thing they’ve already clinched a playoff berth.
Clearwater won behind Will Morris and Zach Coppola and remain alive in their division race, barely.
Lakewood lost but still has a 3.0 game lead. Their magic number is six.
Williamsport won but is 5.0 games back in the wild card race. Their elimination number is four.
And, the GCL Phillies lost. But they are very much in control of their own destiny. And Kevin Gowdy returned to the mound in a short rehab appearance.
Lehigh Valley (79-55) Beat Buffalo, 12-2. Anthony Vasquez (4-0, 2.83) pitched 7.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked one and struck out three.
The IronPigs mashed 17 hits. Ten of their 12 runs scored with 2 outs. Cedric Hunter had 4 hits and 2 RBI (51). Darin Ruf had 3 hits and one RBI (63). Darnell Sweeney, Cody Asche, Andrew Knapp, and Jesse Valentin had 2 hits apiece. Knapp and Asche had 3 RBI, and Valentin hit a 3-run HR (3).
Nick Williams was struck by a pitched ball by former IronPig Chris Leroux with 2 outs. He remained in the game and eventually scored the games first run. Six runs later, the IronPigs took a seven run lead to the bottom of the inning, and Sweeney took the field for Williams.
- #1 Crawford (.252) went 0-4 with 2 BB
- #3 Williams (.265) was HBP his first AB and left the game after the inning
- #4 Alfaro (.279) DNP
- #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #12 Knapp (.263) went 2-5 with a double and 3 RBI (44)
- #18 Pivetta DNP
- #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
Reading (83-49) Lost to New Hampshire, 5-3. Tyler Viza (4.35) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 5.0 innings. He stuck out four. Miguel Nunez (4-3, 2.91) absorbed the loss giving up two runs in the top of the ninth.
Christian Marrero had 3 of the Phils’ 7 hits. Rhys Hoskins hit his 37th home run and picked up 2 RBI (111). Roman Quinn was removed from the game in the top of the fifth inning. No official explanation.
- #4 Alfaro (.279) called up to Phillies, optioned to Lehigh Valley
- #7 Cozens (.277) went 0-3 with a BB
- #8 Quinn (.282) went 0-2
- #13 Hoskins (.278) went 1-4 with a HR (37) and 2 RBI (111)
- #14 Kingery (.256) went 1-4 with a double
- #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20) DNP
- #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) DNP
- #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.18) – 1,0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Clearwater (77-53) Beat Daytona, 6-2. Will Morris (9-3, 3.56) held the Tortugas to 1 run on 9 hits. He struck out 4 and walked NONE. Tom Windle (3.98) stuck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced in 1.1 innings.
Zach Coppola had 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Threshers raced to a 6-0 lead. Kyle Martin and Drew Stankiewicz also had 2 hits each. Coppola (5) and Martin (4) each stole a base. The Threshers managed ten hits, all singles.
The Threshers remain 3.0 games behind Dunedin with 8 games remaining. They are a half game behind Daytona, and play the Tortugas Sunday. Dunedin’s elimination number is 6.
Catcher Chace Numata is hitting .316. If he he can accumulate enough plate appearances down the stretch he will qualify as the FSL batting champion. Currently, Numata is six appearances short of qualifying as the league leader (he has 345, he needed 351). A hitter needs 2.7 plate appearances per game played by his team. If the Threshers complete their schedule with no more cancellations (they’ve had 2 already), Numata will need 373 plate appearances (138 x 2.7 = 372.6). Numata would need 27 appearances over the remaining 8 games to qualify. Coach Legg has moved him up to the 3-hole in the batting order where he had batted only 11 times all season.
- #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85) DNP
- #22 Canelo (.248) went 0-3 with a sacrifice
- #23 Tocci (.279) went 1-4 with a SF and RBI (47)
Lakewood (67-64) Lost to West Virginia, 5-4 in 10 innings. Lakewood took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, were tied in the bottom of the ninth, and let the Power walk off in the tenth. Along the way, they wasted an excellent start by Franklyn Kilome. He pitched 7.0 innings and allowed just 5 hits. He struck out 5 and walked NONE.
The Power were probably glad to see Kilome leave the game as they jumped on Edgar Garcia (3.02) and Sutter McLoughlin (1-3, 2.68) for 5 runs. McLoughlin gets credit for his first blown save and the loss.
The BlueClaws mustered an 11-hit attack, 10 singles and a solo HR (10) by Jan Hernandez. Cornelius Randolph, Deivi Grullon, Jan Hernandez, and Edgar Cabral had 2 hits apiece. Power pitchers struck out 12 BlueClaws.
- #6 Randolph (.282) went 2-5 with 3 K
- #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 errors (91 pitches)
- #27 Pujols (.244) went 0-4 with a BB
- #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP
- #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75) DNP
Williamsport (34-32) Beat Brooklyn, 8-2. Felix Paulino (2-4, 3.02) gave up one unearned run in 6.0 innings. He held the Cyclones to two hits and walked one. He struck out five. Tyler Hallead (5.95) earned his first professional save with 3.0 innings of one-run relief.
The Crosscutters pounded out 12 hits. Luke Maglich had 3 hits and an RBI. David Martinelli had 2 hits and an RBI. Evan Rogers had 2 hits. The big damage was provided by Darick Hall who had 2 hits, a double and a HR (6), and 4 RBI.
- #17 Medina (4-3, 2.91) DNP
- #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43) DNP
GCL Phillies (41-15) Lost to the GCL Tigers West, 3-0. Kevin Gowdy made an appearance after missing 5 weeks due to a slight strain in his thigh. He struck out the first batter he faced and pitched a clean inning. Will Stewart came on in the second and pitched very well. He retired the Tigers in order in 4 of his 5 innings. He induced 8 GO to 3 FO. He struck out 3 and walked NONE. He allowed both hits (singles) opening the third inning. The Tigers use a sacrifice and SF to score their first run.
After Stewart retired 12 in a row, Geury Ortiz (8.56) started the seventh and gave up 2 unearned runs in 0.1 inning. Kale Fultz (4.61) relieved and retired all five batters he faced. The Phillies’ pitchers held the Tigers to 3 hits and 2 walks.
The Phillies were held to 3 hits, singles by Mickey Moniak and Jose Antequera, and a double by Jhailyn Ortiz. They drew zero walks and struck out 11 times.
The Blue Jays also lost. So, the Phillies are still in first place by 2.0 games. Since the Jays played 2 less games, their elimination number is a combination of three Phillies wins and Jays losses. If the teams finish in a tie, the Jays will win by virtue of their better winning percentage. The division winner will face off against the NE Division champion Braves who have a losing record (27-28).
- #2 Moniak (.281) went 1-4
- #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- #15 Stobbe (.254) DNP
- #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.238) went 1-3 with a double
- Stephen (.260) went 0-4 with
- Miller (0-0, 1.50) DNP
- Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75) DNP
- Stewart (2-2, 4.06) 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Fanti (7-0, 1.51) DNP
- Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50) DNP
DSL Phillies (28-40) Postponed, rain again.
- Jonathan Guzman (.295)
- Keudy Bocio (.225)
- Simon Muzziotti (.256)
- Dixon Gutierrez (.257)
DSL Phillies2 (42-28) Postponed, rain.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77)
- Rafael Marchan (.333)
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
- 8/27 – Phillies activated C A.J. Ellis.
- 8/27 – Phillies optioned Jorge Alfaro to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
- Organization Rosters are up to date.